A focus on fall: 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend

Fall is the focus of many of this weekend's activities in metro Atlanta, which include a seasonal carnival, a ghostly gathering and a pumpkin patch combined with a pet adoption event.

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Check out these 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend:


Professional artists will chalk the streets of Marietta at Chalktoberfest on Saturday and Sunday.
Photo: From Chalktoberfest's Facebook page/For the AJC


10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13. Free. Marietta Square, 99 S. Park Square, NE, Marietta.

Enjoy live music, food and professional artists as they chalk the streets. The Craft Beer Fest takes place alongside the Chalk Fest. Sample over 120 kinds of craft beer and 25 varieties of wine from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday ($40 in advance and $45 at the door). 

Casper's Fall Fun Carnival

6 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11. Tickets for carnival games and inflatables are $5 for 12 or $10 for 25. Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle SE, Smyrna.

Fall fun with carnival games, inflatables, hayrides and more. Wear a costume if you'd like.

Taste of Acworth

11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12. Free admission ($1-$4 for food samples). Along Main Street in downtown Acworth.

Sample foods from local restaurants and enjoy live entertainment on two stages. Kids can play on inflatables, quad bungee and other kids' zone activities.

"The Greatest Showman" Sing-Along

8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12. $8-$9. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080.

Join in a sing-along screening of "The Greatest Showman," which stars Hugh Jackman in a role inspired by P.T. Barnum.


Rock Art Installation

9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 12. Free. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody.

Rock art will be installed in the park, and you'll create painted rocks to place throughout the park and along the Dunwoody Trailway. You'll also get a pumpkin to paint and take home.

Ghostly Gatherings

6 p.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13. $10 for members, $20 for non-members (food and drink extra). Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, Atlanta. 404-929-6400.

Experience the museum's Halloween-themed outdoor experience, Woodland Spirits, in the evening. You'll also be able to enjoy musical entertainment and hands-on activities for all ages.

Tunes by the Tracks

7 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11. Free. Municipal parking lot, Main Street, Stone Mountain Village.

Bring a lawn chair and listen to music from the E.G. Kight Trio. You can also buy beer or wine on site.

Festival on Ponce

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13. Olmstead Linear Park, 1451 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta.

More than 125 displays of fine arts and crafts as well as folk and outsider art will be featured. A children's area and local food and beverages will also be available.

North Fulton

Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival

5 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12. Free. Throughout downtown Alpharetta

Local and regional musicians will perform their own songs as listeners get to hear the stories behind each song. They'll perform on multiple outdoor stages as well as a new indoor stage.

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Enjoy food from local chefs at Harvest on the 'Hooch.
Photo: From the AJC

Harvest on the 'Hooch

1 p.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13. $45 in advance, $50 at the door. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell.

Enjoy a food tasting from local chefs, samples from local craft breweries and live bluegrass music. You can also meet and milk goats from a local farm and learn about chicks and baby alpacas.

Pumpkin Patch and Adoption Event

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12. Atlanta Humane Society, 1565 Mansell Road, Alpharetta.

Buy a pumpkin and check out dozens of animals up for adoption from several local agencies. Family-friendly activities and food trucks will also be available.

"Hansel & Gretel"

11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11. $10 for ages 2 and up. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-594-6232.

The Atlanta Opera presents a new adaptation of the classic fairytale "Hansel & Gretel" that's suitable for all ages.


Taste of BBQ Festival

10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12. Free parking and admission. Suwanee Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee.

Formerly known as Alive! Festival, the Taste of BBQ Festival features live music, local vendors, an artist market and family fun zone. The event is a fundraiser for Project Green, a local children's non-profit group.

Lilburn Daze

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12. Free admission and parking. City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn.

The 46th annual Lilburn Daze festival will feature arts and crafts, food trucks, children's activities, food, entertainment, a health tent, inflatables and more.

See and buy reptiles at Repticon in Lawrenceville.
Photo: From Repticon's Facebook page/For the AJC


10 a.m.-5 p.m. (VIP entry at 9 a.m.), Saturday, Oct. 12 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13. Tickets are $10-$15 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12, age 4 and under admitted free. Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville.

See live reptiles from around the world, buy pets and pet products and attend live seminars and demonstrations.

Touch a Truck

Noon-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12. Free. Bogan Park Community Recreation Center, 2723 N. Bogan Road, Buford. 678-277-0850.

Enjoy a day in the park and check out big trucks as you talk with the people who operate them. Food vendors will also be on site.

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